Dr. Matthew Leary is a Clinical Psychologist in Bethesda, MD who specializes in trauma, chronic illnesses, identity issues, and shame. He sees couples, families, and conducts groups for adolescents and adults as well.
Clients who seek Dr. Leary’s counsel may be navigating repercussions from experiences of trauma, including abuse or ongoing recovery from a chronic illness. Others are struggling to manage their work-life balance, and may be internally questioning their sense of purpose and identity. Dr. Leary takes a sensorimotor approach to treatment, combining mind-body awareness with a mindfulness perspective. He also incorporates Gestalt therapy to help clients understand their experiences in the present in order to gain deeper self-awareness.
Dr. Leary strives to help each of his clients develop a capacity for self-compassion. He also cares deeply about charting progress in treatment, and checks in collaboratively with clients to outline and track goals. His practice is open to all, and is LGBTQIA+ friendly. He looks forward to working with you.
Existential crises & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Mood disorders - Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression
Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Child and adolescent therapy - Specialized strategies for common childhood and adolescence challenges, including anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transitions, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness, emotional dysregulation
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Stress - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Matthew Leary is not in-network with any insurances.
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Private Practice, 2013 - Present
Psychological Services of Charlotte, 2010 - 2013
Long Island University, Doctoral Clinical Psychology Adjunct Professor and Supervisor, 2009 - 2010
Hofstra University, Master in Counseling Psychology Adjunct Professor, 2009 - 2010
Council for Relationships, 2003 - 2008
Immaculate University, Assistant Professor of Graduate Psychology, 2003 - 1951
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, PhD, 2003
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, MA, 2000
University of Chicago, BA, 1993
This group is for people to develop authenticity and vulnerability in relation to others. Members of the group work to support themselves and each other in learning to overcome obstacles to having more rich relationships.